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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Plant Dreams

Hello, well things have been a little quiet around here due to the fine weather making me spend too much time in the garden, I always feel we've got to make the most of it.
Just as well I did, today has been so cold and grey with rain this morning, so a page in my journal to reflect the contrast of the colourful flowers blooming and the grey sky.
Journaling is quite new to me, but I love the freedom I feel just to 'do'
I am going to join the folks over at Art Journal Journey where Jo has set this months theme of Flora and Fauna.
Thanks for calling in and I'm going to make the most of the miserable weather we have in store for the next few days and spend time in my craftroom!

Avril xx

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and the theme this fortnight is Destinations

I've made a page in my new journal and wanted to use a napkin but it wasn't quite long enough to fit the page before repeating, so I copied and scaled it up slightly onto copier paper.  I've used various old Tim Holtz stamps and a couple of stencils in the background, before gluing  it into the journal.

The rest of the Design Team have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Flowers at Fashionable Stamping Chalenges

It was my turn to pick the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping this month and I chose Florals

I love this flower from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set, but must admit I'm not so keen on the stems, so I tried a different arrangement.  I used watercolour paper and Peeled Paint for a watery wash base.
I fussy cut the flower heads after colouring with Distress Inks,  marked the base card where I was going to arrange them and then used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss to stamp some leaf sprigs.  I die cut some Sizzix Spring Greens and used a leaf stamp with Forest Moss to give some definition.  I used foam tape to attach the flowers and the die cut leaves.

There's some fabulous inspirational makes from the rest of the DT, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find  details of our Sponsor,  InkArtDesigns, who is offering one lucky random winner a stamp from the shop.

I am entering this at Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature

Thanks for calling in today and now that the weather has returned to 'normal' after the mini heatwave, I need to do some catching up in the craft room after spending so much time in the garden - well that might have been summer! you just don't know.

Avril xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Stencils/ Die cuts

Stencils/Die Cuts or  Both is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight, so lots of choice there.

I've made a journal page using a torn napkin, that came in some happy mail from my friend and blog DT Yvonne.  I've used a home made trellis stencil and then a brick one to create the background.  Next came a script stencil and to fill in the bottom some stencilled leaves.  I stamped a 'vase' from a Paperbabe stamp set that I won from Tracey a short while ago, I fussy cut this for my die cut lavender.  There's nothing nicer than the smell of lavender in the garden on a summer's day, so of course I had to use this sentiment from a Jofy set.

The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.

I am entering this at Paperbabe challenge - Anything Goes
And a first for me, I'm linking to Art Journey Journal where the theme this month  Flora and Fauna

Thanks for calling in,
Avril xx

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Vintage Journal

Hello,  another page in my little Vintage journal, again using a family photo.  This is another of my Grandfathers Aunts.  Just look at that beautiful dress, although I'm not too sure how comfortable they were to wear.

As this photo isn't in good condition, I wanted the page to have a time worn look and started off on a gessoed page with Old Paper and tattered Rose Distress stains, before using DecoArt Crackle paste through TH Doily and Lace stencils.  When the lovely cracks had appeared I smudged Antique Linen Distress crayon over and took back slightly with a baby wipe.  Some random script and floral stamping done with Frayed Burlap and the words are cut from a TH stamp.

Alice is written on the back of this photo, so  I'm thinking she could be the mother of my Great Aunt Alice whose picture you can see here.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Avril xx

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Vintage Flowers

Hello,  well, the washing and ironing is done and the garden tidied up after the growing spurt while we were away, so a little play to get motivated again.
I'm still determined to keep using neglected stamps and this Stampendous Jumbo Rosehip stamp was bought after seeing an article in Craft Stamper in March 2015!  there are two stamps in the set and the smaller one had been inked up once.  Plain and simple and coloured with Wilted Violet and Evergreen bough Distress inks.  The base layer used the smaller stamp, inked with Frayed Burlap.

We had a lovely city break in Budapest, the weather was hotter than I'd imagined - 30 degrees on Friday.  It's a beautiful city and with lots of green spaces and a wonderful park with lakes at Vajdahunyad Castle on the Pest Side.

The Parliament building is fabulous
A wonderful Central Market selling fresh produce to souvenirs
Buda Castle

And most importantly, somewhere nice for coffee

Well, if you didn't get bored and are still with me, thanks for visiting,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Natures Beautuy

It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Natures Beauty'
As I love to see flowers, this was my choice, but you could have trees, leaves, scenes, the choice is endless.

I've used the cone flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps on a blended Oxide background of Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and Wild Honey.  I've used embossing  paste through a Wendy Vecchi stencil, and sprinkled on White EP, which was heat set when dry.   The stems were stamped onto the card base and a few extra leaves added and highlighted with a white gel pen.  Two of the flower heads were added with foam pads.  The sentiment is from PaperArtsey (Jofy)

The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you so please head over to the main blog where you will also find the challenge details.

I've scheduled this post as we're having a short break in Budapest, hopefully the internet will be good and I can catch up as I put my feet up after a days sightseeing.

Thanks for calling in.